Knile Davis still has a place in Kansas City
The offseason reports over the summer suggested that Davis was on the outs with the team. Being traded was essentially a foregone conclusion according to the NFL rumor mill. Months later, the only reports coming out of Arrowhead — or more specifically Spratt Memorial Stadium — are those that detail his focus on becoming a better pass catcher and route runner. He’s currently listed as the fourth running back in a ridiculously crowded backfield, but he’s still the top kick returner according to special teams coach Dave Toub. In fact, Davis’ dedication to expanding his role and making an even bigger contribution to the team in 2016 has been noticed by a number of coaches. According to head coach Andy Reid, “No one works harder than Knile.”
It helps that Davis is on the final year of his rookie deal in Kansas City. He either has a chance to cement his future at One Arrowhead Drive (unlikely) or set himself up for a respectable contract, with another team, when the new league year begins in 2017. I suspect that we’ll see a hungrier Davis than we’ve ever seen before. Although, whether or not that produces a significant increase in his productivity remains to be seen.
The John Dorsey signing of Nick Foles was the right decision
Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray are both talented players who the Chiefs have been grooming the past few years; each of them talented in their own way. Bray has a live arm and the ability to make every NFL throw. Murray has a stellar collegiate career behind him and a laudable set of intangibles. Unfortunately, potential isn’t much of a commodity in the NFL. At least not when it’s compared to experience. Chiefs brass made this apparent when they signed veteran Nick Foles to a one-year deal (with an option for 2017) last Saturday.
Half of Chiefs Kingdom was soured by the decision to bring Foles into the fold. The move almost guarantees that one — or more — of the team’s developmental quarterback projects will be in the market for a new team a month from now. It could also bury the remaining quarterback, likely to be former Stanford signal caller Kevin Hogan, at the bottom of the depth chart at the position. It’s not often that an NFL team can snag a former Pro Bowler to be an inexpensive insurance policy for a starter. This is a clear indication that the Chiefs plan to make a run in 2016. Foles has familiarity with Reid’s West Coast system, has previously played with No. 1 receiver Jeremy Maclin and has had prior success in the National Football League. Signing him was a no-brainer.
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